Ground Chicken With Pasta

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Ground chicken with pasta is a quick, easy and tasty dinner dish. Chicken is served with penne pasta and a homemade tomato cream sauce. This recipe is low in fat and high in protein, This is a great recipe to make when you’re craving pasta and need something quick, easy and tasty. It’s also ideal for those just trying ground chicken out. This dish goes great with some garlic bread or tacos. I personally like it served with a spinach salad.

CHICKEN PARMESAN PASTA

Chicken Parmesan Pasta is a 15 minute Italian pasta dinner that is a crowd pleaser! Made with ground chicken, pasta, garlic, and marinara…the flavor is delicious!

Chicken Parmesan Pasta

CHICKEN PARMESAN PASTA

Whenever I’m trying to make one of those meals that makes my family so happy I lean towards anything Chicken Parmesan. Chicken recipes are popular with my kids so I seriously have over ten versions of Chicken Parmesan on my blog because the flavors are just so good!

easy pasta

CRUNCHY TOPPING

Chicken Parmesan is known for its crunchy coating but this pasta doesn’t have it on purpose. I was trying to keep it simple. If you’re missing that crunch, cook 1/2 cup of Panko breadcrumbs with a tablespoon of butter on a stove top until golden brown and sprinkle on top after the pasta is finished.

Spoon of chicken pasta

WHAT KIND OF PASTA SHOULD I USE?

You can use any small or medium pasta shape. Ziti, penne, rigatoni, shells, or elbows all work here.

One Pot Ground Chicken Fajita Pasta

This one pot ground chicken fajita pasta is the perfect busy weeknight rush dinner. Ground chicken paired with warm spices, onions, peppers, creamy sour cream, and of course – CHEESE! You’ll love how easy this dish is to make and it’s only one pot!

one pot ground chicken fajita pasta in a skillet with a spoon
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Comfort food comes in all forms and surprisingly for me, it took a move all the way to New York to realize pasta is the ultimate comfort food. (I grew up in a household where my dad wasn’t a big fan of pasta so we never ate it.)

This dish is literally comfort in a bowl and packed full of Tex Mex flavor made with ground chicken, vegetables, pasta, homemade fajita sauce, spices, and just a touch of cheese.

Trust me, if you’re looking for the perfect ONE POT pasta dish this is the recipe you need.

And if you’re loving all these flavors but craving something with fewer carbs try my stuffed Ground Chicken Fajita Spaghetti Squash which gives you all the same flavors but is made with spaghetti squash.

one pot ground chicken fajita pasta spooned onto a plate

What pan works best for one pot meals?

As far as a pan goes, when you’re making one-pot pasta you want something that has nice high sides so you can add all your ingredients without worrying about anything spilling over the side.

Cleaning up a dirty stove can simply be the worst. Especially if you have a flat top stove as I do.

So, for this one-pot ground chicken fajita pasta, I busted out my trusty Le Creuset braiser pan.

This pan is so amazing. You need one if you don’t already own one. TRUST ME!

If you’re looking for a pan a little less heavy than a Le Creuset you should try my other favorite pan from American Kitchen.

one pot ground chicken fajita pasta with a spoon in a yellow dish

Can I substitute ground beef?

Of course! You can easily substitute ground turkey, ground beef, or even ground pork.

I just really happen to love the taste of ground chicken. It can really take on the flavor of the spices you bring in this recipe.

Can I use Greek yogurt instead?

Yes, but you’ll want to use Greek yogurt with a little fat.

If you use non-fat it can have the tendency to break when you’re stirring it into the hot pasta dish.

What other changes can I make to this recipe?

If you’re looking for ways to change the flavor but keep the method the same here are a few ideas.

  • Switch up the ground meat to bring in a different flavor.
  • Instead of using canned tomato sauce, you could easily use 15 ounces of store-bought enchilada sauce to bring in even more flavor.
  • Double up the vegetables, use vegetable broth, use non-dairy cheese, and vegan meat crumbles for a vegetarian experience.
one pot ground chicken fajita pasta spooned onto a plate

Tips for perfecting this one pot ground chicken fajita pasta

Prep all of your ingredients ahead of time.

This will allow you to focus on the food as it’s cooking and not become overwhelmed trying to do too much at one time.

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Of course, like any good one-pot meal I packed it full of flavor AND topped it with cheese.

Can you ever actually have too much for one meal? Don’t worry. I didn’t go crazy. In fact, the only cheese I used in the whole recipe for this very top.

You can also stir in a little sour cream, I did!

If you’re a die-hard ranch fan that would work well here too.

I also decided to use ground chicken for this recipe because simply it’s easier.

Healthy Ground Chicken Pasta

This Healthy Ground Chicken Pasta recipe, so comforting and good, is delicious served with a simple salad! The leftovers are fantastic!

pot of red sauce with chicken pasta

Here’s a delicious recipe for company, and it’s beautiful red, just like the Christmas holiday! 🙂

Healthy Ground Chicken Pasta

Often times I find myself with a pound or two of ground chicken, and this Healthy Ground Chicken Pasta recipe is my favorite way to use it. It’s also a great dish to make for company. Everyone loves pasta!

a serving of Healthy Ground Chicken Pasta with Parmesan cheese and fresh basil

This red sauce makes for the BEST leftovers—the longer it sits, the better it gets. I’m a ground chicken lover, so I was very happy when Abby served this to us a few weeks ago. What a nice surprise.

A spoonful of red sauce with ground chicken

Ingredients for Red Sauce with Ground Chicken (Pasta)

  • Ground chicken
  • Fennel seeds
  • Fresh ground pepper + kosher salt
  • Fresh rosemary + dried oregano
  • Tagliatelle Nest Pasta
  • Olive oil
  • Carrots + celery + onions + garlic
  • Tomato paste
  • White wine
  • Low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • Tomato puree
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Fresh bay leaves
  • Parmesan rind (optional)
  • Parmesan
  • Fresh basil

Speaking of which, we got to the top of Smith Rock a few weeks ago, on a glorious day, before it got chilly). Even though it was cold as the sun was setting, we got this beautiful sunset picture. We’re just missing a couple of our kids!

Easy weeknight pasta meal

Coming home, we grabbed the leftovers of this dish to enjoy for dinner.

Serve with a salad and hot crunchy bread!

Meal prep and substitutions

The sauce is great for meal prep, because it stores great in the freezer; simply pull it out to defrost in the morning, so that all you’ll have to do is make the pasta and maybe a salad! So easy. So flavorful.

Healthy Ground Chicken Pasta

You can substitute the chicken for any ground meat—turkey, beef, pork, or a mix.

You can use any pasta you have on hand (however, I’d stay away from extra-small varieties).

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